SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Senate Capital Investment Committee (also known as the Bonding Committee) will be in Northeast Minnesota from Sept. 15-17. The third day of the tour will comprise visits to the Soudan Underground Mine State Park and Hibbing Community College where the committee will hear from eight groups in the region all requesting bonding dollars. Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) is a member of the Bonding Committee and is looking forward to the committee visiting his neck of the woods.
Bonding projects in Sen. Tomassoni’s district include:
- Louis County – Range Mental Health Center: Requesting $15.5 million. This project is a collaboration between three distinct organizations to establish a new combined facility so they can serve some of the most economically, mentally, and socially vulnerable people in NE Minnesota. This new facility would improve overall access and opportunities for clients and would be hugely beneficial to the entire region.
- Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District: Requesting $6.95 million. A portion of this money would fund the design and construction of a new tertiary mercury treatment facility. The remaining funds would go toward improvement in the existing Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District at its new location in Chisholm.
- Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation – Giants Ride: Requesting $5 million. These funds would help pay for a new detachable aerial lift. This new lift will meet new safety standards and improve the customer experience, while increasing operational efficiency.
- Hibbing Community College: Requesting $9.958 million. These funds would help create a new centralized and updated space for Hibbing Community College students. The project includes reorienting the front door of the campus, building a new entryway. The project also includes the creation of a new one-stop student services hub, more efficient library and academic center space as well as space for Advanced Minnesota – the school’s new regional, customized/continuing education training enterprise.
- City of Eveleth – Alice/Fayal Location Site Redevelopment: Requesting $447,000. The City has made cleaning up a newly acquired 12.44 acre site of land for new development a priority. The City is requesting funds to help cleanup, design and install public utilizes and a roadway.
- City of Aurora – East Mesabi Joint Water System: Requesting $4 million. This money is to help pre-design and design a new water treatment and distribution system for the communities of Hoyt Lakes, Aurora, Town of White and Biwabik.
- City of Chisholm – New Municipal Building. Requesting $2.65 million. This funding request would help construct a new City Hall, Fire, Police and Community Center facility. The proposed facility is expected to spur development in the roughly 50 acre plot of land in the next few years.
- City of Virginia – Miners Memorial Community Center Upgrade and Expansion: Requesting $4 million. The existing community center was built in 1959 and its current needs are far different from the building’s original purpose as a basketball and hockey facility.
- Northeast Regional Correction Center: Requesting $2.85 million. The corrections center requires additional funds to revitalize and enhance buildings that support the vocational and educational programming which has successfully led the center to the lowest rate of clients who re-offend.
- Hibbing High School: Requesting $2.375 million. Hibbing’s stunning high school is on the National Registry of Historic Places in part because of its auditorium, which needs renovations to keep it a viable performance space for students and the community.
“The Iron Range has a wide array of worthy projects this year, all of which should be seriously considered for funding. The low interest rates and huge backlog of worthy projects statewide need to be addressed by the legislature. The sooner we fulfill these statewide needs, the better; the projects don’t go away, they just get more expensive the longer we wait to fund them. I’m looking forward to the entire Northeast bonding trip because it’s a great opportunity for legislators to get a better idea of the needs of communities across the state,” said Sen. Tomassoni.
A complete schedule of the Northeast bonding tour has been posted on the Senate’s bonding website Build.MN, which can be found here: http://build.mn/events/category/2015-bonding-tour/2015-northeast/